Moderate rainfall to continue till Friday evening,

 Vital road links in JK cut off due to landslide

Srinagar, August 27, CNS: Widespread Moderate rainfall will continue across J&K UT till Friday evening after which the weather is expected to improve, as per the India Meteorological Department (IMD).
"Widespread light to moderate rainfall is expected in Kashmir division on August 26, 27," the IMD said.

Rains created havoc across J&K leading to closure of many main roads and highways due to landslides and shooting stones. The intense rainfall since last more than 48 hours has broken the four month long dry spell in the UT but created damages to road infrastructure all across the J&K UT.

The torrential rains have wreaked havoc across J&K leading to closure of vital road links at many places. The 84-km long Bandipora-Gurez road has been closed for all sorts of traffic movement on Thursday as incessant rains continue in the valley. There are reports of landslides at many locations on this road link.
According to an official, “the Bandipora-Gurez and Dawar-Tulail road has been closed as it has become slippery at many spots. The decision to shut this road temporarily has been taken to avoid any untoward incident.”

In Jammu region, Paddar-Kishtwar, Doda-Bhaderwah roads have also been closed after fresh landslides.
According to an official, a portion of roadside land in Drudu slided, resulting in the closure of road between Doda district headquarter and Bhaderwah Sub Division headquarter due to intense rainfall in the region resulting in suspension of road transport.

The wet weather conditions also led to closure of Paddar—Kishtwar road in Kishtwar district of Chenab Valley after a landslide occurred at Naigar area.

Authorities in Poonch district Thursday launched a rescue operation after two men were trapped in a river in this district.
As per an official, two men got trapped in the middle of the river near Khanetar area of Poonch with local administration launching a swift rescue operation as teams from SDRF and police reaching the spot for the operation.

The main Jammu-Srinagar Highway also continues to remain shut for third consecutive day due to the landslides and shooting stones at various places. Meanwhile, the Jammu and Kashmir Police, on Wednesday, rescued at least 14 people from Kathua district. The police team along with the locals was successful in rescuing the trapped people caught in flash floods.

As per an official, Police teams were deployed at vulnerable points all across the UT while Helpline numbers were flashed and published by local administrations to report any flooding incident to police for instant action. The police and SDRF teams were put on high alert to respond to any situation arising out of floods in the UT. People all across the UT were advised to stay away from the swollen rivers, streams and rivulets to avoid any untoward incident.
Couple of landslides has already caused four deaths this week in Rajouri and Poonch while more than a dozen domestic animals perished in such incidents. (CNS)

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